Benefits of Standing Forward Fold

Standing Forward Fold is one of my favorite poses to both de-stress and energize. Particularly after a long day of sitting at work, this pose is amazing to stretch out and relax your muscles and gain length again. Adding this pose to your daily practice will work wonders for both your body and your mind. Keep reading to see all the benefits of this pose!

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  1. Stretches your whole back body. Adding this pose to your yoga routine for the day is a great way to stretch out your whole back body. You should feel this stretch in your calves, hamstrings, hips, and back. Any time I am feeling tight in my body I add this pose to my practice because it is basically all-in-one pose!
  2. Energizes you with a rush of blood to your head. Whenever I am feeling particularly sleepy during the day I take a minute to do this pose. The new blood rushing to your head as your hang upside down will bring your some natural energy! This is a great pose to try during the afternoon slump at work.
  3. Calming for your mind. In contrast to the energy it can bring, this pose is also very calming for your mind. It helps reduce both fatigue and anxiety (1). During your day if you start feeling extra stressed out, give this pose a try! You will gain some energy and calm down your mind. This is also great to do about 30 minutes before you go to sleep so that you fall asleep with a clear mind.
  4. Relieves tension. Standing Forward Fold relieves tension in your spine, neck, and back (2). Letting your head hang heavy in this pose will extend your spine, releasing any tension in your upper body. Try this pose if you slept funky and your neck is hurting to lengthen out your spine and release any tension!

What are your favorite poses?

Sources:

  1. Yoga Journal
  2. CNY Healing Arts

 

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